Team Classic Suzuki offering Bandit ride to FPR champ

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SUZUKI stardom awaits this year’s Formula Prostocks Bandit Challenge champion as the series winner gets the chance to race under Team Classic Suzuki.

Along with the manufacturer’s Vintage Parts Programme, the two have joined forces to offer the 2018 class champ a race-ready ride for 2019, with some perks to boot.

Team Classic Suzuki is currently building a bike to fit the Bandit Challenge regulations which, at the end of this season, will be presented to FPR’s top Bandit racer along with a comprehensive spares, parts and Motul lubricants package to campaign the following year.

Not only will the 2018 champion join the classic squad’s ranks, but they’ll also be invited to take part in a preseason test to sharpen up with other team riders and machines ahead of the eight-round series.

Bandit Challenge racers in action during the Formula Prostocks’ Oulton Park round this year, run alongside NG Road Racing…

“We’re really pleased to be working with the team behind the Bandit Challenge and be able to offer this opportunity,” Suzuki GB’s Tim Davies said. “The championship is just going from strength to strength, and as Team Classic Suzuki we’re looking to extend into different championships with different riders.

“We are treating our Bandit to a full engine-rebuild using parts readily available from our Vintage Parts Programme, parts which can also be purchased by other racers in the class using our Race Parts Programme discount, too.

“We’re then looking forward to watching this year’s action unfold on track and are looking forward to seeing our bike out there in 2019.”

Formula Prostocks Racing Club boss Keith Chambers, who himself took the 2016 Bandit Challenge crown, admits the series could be on for its biggest year yet. And with the news of a showdown championship, numbers could soar even further.

He said: “Formula Prostocks Racing Club would like to thank Suzuki GB and Team Classic Suzuki for this wonderful offer and their on going support. The Black Widow Bandit Challenge is now entering its third year and has had the backing of Suzuki GB with Race Parts Programme discount right from the outset.

“We already have plenty of new riders signed up for this year and with this announcement, I am sure it will attract even more.

“So, if you fancy your chances of winning the Team Classic Suzuki ride for 2019 there is still time to get signed up.

“We are running a showdown championship this year for the first time, so even if you’re unable to get a bike ready for the first round at Brands Hatch, you could still be in with a chance, as long as you qualify in the top six for the showdown later in the season.”

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